According to a report from E Online, the former husband of Kate Spade, who took her life over a year ago, released a statement recently in which he described what life has been like since she chose to commit suicide, as well as the memories they had together.
You can check out Andy’s post on Instagram below:
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Dear Katy, this tree is for you. Bea and are planting it outside of our big window to keep your magical spirit and energy close to us everyday. It will bless our new home in California and radiate your essence 365 days a year. You were illumines and we feel your presence wherever we go. I want to thank you for all of the wonderful gifts you gave me over the years. For your beauty, intelligence and grace under pressure. For your boundless generosity, unflappable honesty and kindness to all living things. For your strength, courage and conviction to your ideals. For your belief in me and so many others. For your infectious laughter and sharp wit. There was never a dull moment with you. Through the peaks and valleys and alleyways we serpentined through together you were always there. We grew up together, helped raise one another yet vowed to retain our innocence as best we could. You taught me that modesty is always the best policy, to see the good in everyone and to stand up for the crazy and less fortunate. You hated hype and loved the humble. You called me out on my bullshit yet were nonjudgmental. You talked straight and let me know when I was was being cynical or sarcastic. You were my best friend, my confidant, my partner in life, business and mischief. The ying to my yang and the zig to my zag. We played ping pong with ideas. Our shared passion for The Golden Rule, Kipling’s “If”, Strunk and White, Atticus Finch and millions other things bound us together like superglue. You were and still are my Superwoman. I hope you know how many people you inspired through the example you set in the way you lived and the work you created. You were and still are my favorite poem. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all you have given me and so many others. May your bright, multicolored spirit shine down on us everyday. Heaven is lucky to have you but please know you are truly missed by us still here on earth. Love, Andy
Kate Spade took her own life on the 5th of June, 2018. Her housekeeper was the one to discover her body. In the months after, another celebrity to take their own lives was Anthony Bourdain, who reportedly hung himself amid filming CNN’s Parts Unknown.
Interestingly, sexual misconduct allegations against Asia Argento, his ex-girlfriend, came out not long after, in which she was accused of molesting a young boy who she worked with when he was a teenager.
It was later revealed that Anthony and Asia paid Jimmy Bennett off so he wouldn’t tell, as Asia was in the middle of criticizing Harvey Weinstein, who allegedly raped her when she was just 21-years-old. The allegations would’ve hurt the credibility of the movement.
Allegedly, Anthony left behind a small amount of money to his child and allegedly suffered from depression for many years. Anthony and Kate Spade aren’t the only ones to take their own lives, as the lead singer of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, as well as the singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, took their lives as well.
Following the death of Chester, the remaining members of the band created a fund for mental health awareness and urged those suffering to get help as soon as they can.
Coincidentally, Chester Bennington even sang at Chris Cornell’s funeral. In the last decade, many celebrities and entertainers have begun pushing for the destigmatization of mental health issues, including Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, and many others.
Kit Harington, as well, recently checked himself into a wellness facility for treatment, and Britney Spears just got out in April. Fans – for the most part – as well as their cohorts, praised their honesty in allowing themselves to be vulnerable in the public’s eye.